1 00:00:06,410 --> 00:00:14,210 the uu college of social justice was founded at justice GA in 2012 as a 2 00:00:14,210 --> 00:00:21,600 collaboration between the UUA and the uu service committee UUSC its 3 00:00:21,600 --> 00:00:29,010 mission is to inspire equip and sustain spiritually grounded activism the Rev 4 00:00:29,010 --> 00:00:36,590 Kathleen McTigue has been the director of csj since its founding 5 00:00:46,870 --> 00:00:55,210 thank you good morning you your college of social justice programs rests on the 6 00:00:55,210 --> 00:01:02,440 power of proximity the idea that when we move closer to in justices and the 7 00:01:02,440 --> 00:01:09,910 people on whom they fall most heavily it changes us we connect in alliance and 8 00:01:09,910 --> 00:01:17,560 solidarity with people we suddenly recognize as kin and when it's family 9 00:01:17,560 --> 00:01:24,759 whose well-being is threatened we become more bold and creative in our actions 10 00:01:24,759 --> 00:01:29,170 for justice then we might ever have dreamed possible 11 00:01:29,170 --> 00:01:37,149 our programs are grounded on two truths of our Unitarian Universalist faith the 12 00:01:37,149 --> 00:01:44,170 first is our interdependence which demands that we be mindful of our place 13 00:01:44,170 --> 00:01:53,170 in the web mindful of how it connects us to every other being the second is that 14 00:01:53,170 --> 00:01:59,310 no person's life is inherently worth more than another's 15 00:01:59,310 --> 00:02:03,660 no one is disposable 16 00:02:08,520 --> 00:02:16,959 the winds of injustice are blowing at hurricane force these days they can make 17 00:02:16,959 --> 00:02:23,280 us feel scattered or exhausted because there is so much under attack at once 18 00:02:23,280 --> 00:02:31,030 but our core truths that we rise and fall together and that we are all of 19 00:02:31,030 --> 00:02:39,940 deep worth ground us like mountains against that wind in that grounding we 20 00:02:39,940 --> 00:02:46,780 can see where we can best resist degradation and suffering where we can 21 00:02:46,780 --> 00:02:55,540 best act for life and love this is what you you csj programs support wherever 22 00:02:55,540 --> 00:03:03,190 your congregation is in its social justice path we have entry points study 23 00:03:03,190 --> 00:03:12,069 guides workshops webinars and toolkits and we have a powerful array of 24 00:03:12,069 --> 00:03:18,910 immersion journeys I'll highlight three of them and I hope they will resonate 25 00:03:18,910 --> 00:03:25,989 with you as ways to strengthen what you are already doing or to jumpstart some 26 00:03:25,989 --> 00:03:33,489 new directions first come to our border witness journey at the arizona-mexico 27 00:03:33,489 --> 00:03:40,389 border it has a way of breaking your heart open and putting it back together 28 00:03:40,389 --> 00:03:47,859 again with powerful new elements of courage and passion people have returned 29 00:03:47,859 --> 00:03:53,799 from that journey motivated to form partnerships with migrant lead groups in 30 00:03:53,799 --> 00:03:59,470 their own towns they've brought their congregations into the fold of sanctuary 31 00:03:59,470 --> 00:04:06,250 churches supported undocumented students accompanied people to immigration 32 00:04:06,250 --> 00:04:13,440 hearings and visited those in detention some have undertaken greater risks 33 00:04:13,440 --> 00:04:21,640 quietly opening their homes to people in danger of deportation the struggle for 34 00:04:21,640 --> 00:04:25,900 my and refugee justice could not be more 35 00:04:25,900 --> 00:04:33,430 urgent at a time when refugees are called criminals those painted as 36 00:04:33,430 --> 00:04:40,690 criminals are called animals desperate migrant parents are separated from their 37 00:04:40,690 --> 00:04:48,040 young children and volunteers trying to save lives are charged with felonies for 38 00:04:48,040 --> 00:04:57,640 humanitarian aid this is all part of a systemic effort to dehumanize us and our 39 00:04:57,640 --> 00:05:05,590 siblings and to criminalize activism the college of social justice has programs 40 00:05:05,590 --> 00:05:14,890 and tools to help you resist second if you want to empower and inspire the 41 00:05:14,890 --> 00:05:20,200 rising generation of justice activists in your congregation help your high 42 00:05:20,200 --> 00:05:27,700 school students to join an activate program we run week-long versions of 43 00:05:27,700 --> 00:05:35,260 activate in West Virginia New Orleans and Tucson these programs offer deep 44 00:05:35,260 --> 00:05:43,960 dives into the issues of climate change racism and migrant justice all framed in 45 00:05:43,960 --> 00:05:50,340 a way meant to inspire and equip teens to move along the spectrum from 46 00:05:50,340 --> 00:05:59,680 interested bystander to activists to organizer this year we also offered 47 00:05:59,680 --> 00:06:08,100 adapted versions of activate 4uu programs in pittsburgh Chicago New York 48 00:06:08,100 --> 00:06:18,100 Denver and Seattle ask us we can bring it to you too third if you want to 49 00:06:18,100 --> 00:06:23,460 deepen your congregations commitment to climate justice come with us to Houston 50 00:06:23,460 --> 00:06:30,880 our program recovery and beyond is a chance to put your hands to the physical 51 00:06:30,880 --> 00:06:37,120 work of hurricane recovery unlike some service programs where you 52 00:06:37,120 --> 00:06:43,390 come home feeling great about the good you've done but knowing little about the 53 00:06:43,390 --> 00:06:49,270 people or the systems they're up against our program puts a justice framework 54 00:06:49,270 --> 00:06:59,140 around the hands-on labor there was a storm of injustice in Houston way before 55 00:06:59,140 --> 00:07:07,450 Harvey struck especially environmental racism a deep dive into that storms path 56 00:07:07,450 --> 00:07:14,520 is what we offer encounters with grassroots you USC partner groups and 57 00:07:14,520 --> 00:07:22,210 eye-opening toxic tour of some of the most poisoned areas and ideas about how 58 00:07:22,210 --> 00:07:28,600 to work for climate justice in your own town if you can't remember the details 59 00:07:28,600 --> 00:07:37,530 from this brief review please remember our website uucsj.org 60 00:07:37,530 --> 00:07:43,510 everything you need is there and remember that the uu College of social 61 00:07:43,510 --> 00:07:50,320 justice is yours sign up for a program and find powerful new ways to harness 62 00:07:50,320 --> 00:07:59,019 your passion for justice thank you